I had an idea for a sort of bedside lamp kicking around in my head for a while, and one day I found myself at the hardware store for another project and said what the hell lets get some material for this this too. Stood in front of the plumbing section looking at connections and nipples for about an hour figuring stuff out in my head and got everything I needed (almost- only one return trip to get a different connector). Also got a "make your own lamp" kit that had pretty much everything else I needed on the lighting side of things. This is how it turned out.
A little while ago I bought myself a polishing motor to step my game up and put that high finish on the work that deserves it, namely jewelry and silverware. For a while I just had it exposed on a benchtop, but these things kick out a lot of dust, grim, and fine particulate that really just makes a mess everywhere. Time to build a polishing booth. Since I'm cheap and thrifty, I just bought a bunch of basic lumber and materials at the hardware store and put it together myself.
Let's talk hammers. Hammers are one of the most important tools a metalsmith owns. You've got forging hammers, raising hammers, riveting hammers, planishing hammers, plastic, wood, and rawhide hammers, and all sorts of hammers for very specific functions. You have to keep the faces at a mirror finish so they don't make weird marks of your work, fight rust if you have a lot of moisture in your workspace, and generally take very good care of these all important tools. Here's a shot of my hammers in a rack I built to hold them.